The Ghana Police Service has clarified that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle, causing the explosion that occurred at Apiate, a town between Bogoso and Bawdie.
It was reported earlier that there was an explosion at Apiate, a town between Bogoso and Bawdie.
As a result of the explosion, scores of people are feared dead.
Giving an update, the Police said it has taken charge of the situation and was providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service manage the situation.
It said the public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.
“An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims. Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion,” the Police stated.
It noted that most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.
Meanwhile, the Police again stated that reinforcement of resources and personnel have been dispatched to the area to assist in the handling of the incident.
“We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation. Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course,” the Police added.
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